Song for a Scene: Help I’m Alive by Metric

HELP IM ALIVE by Metric is a song Ive loved for quite a while now. But, right now it feels extra special to me because it lines up well with my current WIP, A DIFFERENT KIND, which will be out hopefully this winter. (Note: the scenes below are from my first draft) In A DIFFERENT KIND head cheerleader and mean girl Payton Carlson is abducted by aliens. Its a YA SciFi Romance that looks at the ins and out of teens social circles and how one girl learns to break past the labels.

So, if you havent heard this song before then what planet have you been living on? Because its amazing. Ive broken the lyrics up to describe how this song connects to my current novel and you can watch the music video below. Enjoy!
HELP IM ALIVE
I tremble
They’re gonna eat me alive
If I stumble
They’re gonna eat me alive
Can you hear my heart
Beating like a hammer
Beating like a hammer

This part reminds me not only of how Payton feels after shes been abducted by aliens, but also how she feels when a lie about her makes its way around school and her social circle gets shaken up. Theyre gonna eat me alive is a way I would express how a few characters feel when it comes to dealing with their schoolmates at different points in this book.

Help I’m alive
My heart keeps beating like a hammer
Hard to be soft
Tough to be tender
Come take my pulse the pace is on a runaway train
Help I’m alive
My heart keeps beating like a hammer
Beating like a hammer

Much of this story revolves around Payton being abducted by aliens; a scene that I hope makes my readers hearts beat a little faster. After it happens she thinks it was a dream and has forgotten most of it. Below is a moment where she starts to remember.

I knew somehow that I was missing something. There was this gaping hole in my memory and I could skate around the edges of it, but I was too afraid to look in. So, I just looked past it and pretended that it wasnt there. But, as I slept that night there were things that clawed their way out of the hole in my memory. Unable to be contained by the dark chasm theyd been banished to they brought themselves out into the open and I saw their wide dark eyes stare at me as they visited me in a dream. Payton Carlson, A Different Kind

If we’re still alive
My regrets are few
If my life is mine
What shouldn’t I do?
I get wherever I’m going
I get whatever I need
While my blood’s still flowing
And my heart’s still
Beating like a hammer
Beating like a hammer

This part of the song really speaks to me about who Payton is. Even though the lyrics have this panicked feel to them the song is still upbeat and even a little bubbly, and thats how I picture Payton. Shes one of those people with endless energy, blond, bubbly, happy. Payton is confident, she has few regrets, and she gets what she wants. She has moments where shes swayed by the opinions of her friends or her ideas of her own reputation, moments where her heart is beating like a hammer, but she finds her own voice. She grows more compassionate as the story goes on and learns to see the world from other perspectives than her own. But through it all she remains a strong, self-assured, young woman who doesnt let even the worst of situations keep her down.

I thought over Logans offer. The old me would have shot him down and waited for Hailey, even though she was unreliable. But, that wasnt what I wanted to do. As fuzzy as the night before was, I remembered thinking that I didnt want to be who everyone else thought I should be anymore. I didnt want to choose my friends based on who everyone else thought was cool. I wanted to be friends with Logan and that was that. Payton Carlson

Help I’m alive
My heart keeps beating like a hammer
Hard to be soft
Tough to be tender
Come take my pulse the pace is on a runaway train
Help I’m alive
My heart keeps beating like a hammer
Beating like a hammer

If we’re still alive
My regrets are few
If my life is mine
What shouldn’t I do?
I get wherever I’m going
I get whatever I need
While my blood’s still flowing
And my heart’s still
Beating like a hammer
Beating like a hammer
Beating like a hammer
Beating like a hammer

If my life is mine, what shouldnt I do? I love this line, and it brings me to my last little scene to share. Ive always got to have a little romance.

My words were heavy. I have to tell you something.
[He] shushed me and kissed me again. You can tell me later.
I pulled away. What if there isnt a later?
[He] brushed a stray hair out of my eyes. Dont be so dramatic, you dont know that.
We dont exactly know that things are going to be rainbows and puppy dogs either.
[He] frowned. Payton.
I love you. It came out in a rush and that next second dragged on as if time was forced to slow to make up for the speed of my words.

Help I’m alive
My heart keeps beating like a hammer
How do all of you feel about Metrics HELP IM ALIVE? Do you love it as much as I do? What about aliens, are you a believer? Keep your eyes out for A DIFFERENT KIND this winter (maybe spring). You can find out more about it by following my blog where Ill be talking about it in the coming weeks.

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